In addition the team at Uncaged has put up the website,
please log in and give the seals your support.
We are their voice to end this barbaric slaughter of their young.
To interview Mr. Francois Hugo
From: SEAL ALERT-SA
Alert-SA, Press Release, July 14, 2007
Alert-SA's Seal-Man Partnership With Seashepherd Underway
- Saving The Cape Fur Seals -
Namibian Permanent Secretary of Fisheries Nangula Mbako
recently accused Seal Alert-SA "opportunists who have found
a platform to harness financial resources for the
sustenance of their livelihoods". We were accused of
something similar by the South African Fisheries Officials,
when they claimed our Seal Rescues were "Seal feeding
exercises to raise funding". How wrong they were to single
out Seal Alert-SA. Francois Hugo of Seal Alert-SA has
never appealed for funding to end the Namibian Baby Seal
Slaughter, hell I don't even operate my own website, and
since 1999 have yet to draw a salary, what is more I have
invested substantially my own personal funds in these seals
future. Websites are performed by a dedicated group of
deeply concerned individuals from around the world, who
have each taken their own time and resources to partner
with Seal Alert-SA to save this species of seal.
Seal Alert-SA is a worldwide network of supporters, its a partnership and not a charity.
Few people understand that the costs of running a Seal Rescue Centre and doing up to 1000 seal rescues a year (a third of the world's total seal rescues of all seal species) single-handed is immense. Construction, equipment, repairing, rescue and rehabilitation costs are never ending.
Captain Paul Watson of Seashepherd www.seashepherd.org whilst abroad his vessel in the icy cold Antarctic fighting the illegal Japanese whalers, understood this, and had his thoughts and deep concerns on the Cape fur seals of southern Africa, when he wrote, "Our goal is to remove some of the time and effort you put into fund-raising and allow you more time for the seals, both to rehabilitate seals and to oppose the slaughter in Namibia". Thanks to Seashepherd in 2007, Seal Alert-SA is doing just that.
Please therefore read the following Media Release from Seashepherd at the end of this update. In addition Seashepherd's crew, and in particular Carla, has been hard at work setting up another really informative website for Seal Alert-SA. Please visit the site and support, www.seashepherd.org/seal-alert/ .
Seal Alert-SA has also released its third Movie-Clip, the Seal Alert-SA promo (a short glimpse into one aspect of the work we do). Please view this clip in "small window" as we have kept picture quality low for worldwide web release. This and the series of clips can be viewed at Youtube www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=73AD049CF4B92A18 ,
there is also a link on Google Video http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-7822592018415723399 .
In addition the team at Uncaged has put up the website, www.boycottnamibia.co.za, please log in and give the seals your support.
We are their voice to end this barbaric slaughter of their young.
Our High-Speed Rescue Seal Transport Craft and our Jetski, equipped with Dive Gear, Seal Disentanglement equipment, Rescue & film Equipment and Seal Food
Our two internal rehabilitation pools, one for baby seals the other for larger seals weighing up to 300 kg
Our beach patrol seal stranding transport buggy
and our jeep for launching and retrieving our watercraft
Our off-shore floating rehab structure (seals home away from island). Pups adopt this as their natal birth colony for up to two years
Inside our Seal Centre
or on Our Floating Rafts the care is the same
Small or Big, each seal gets the best treatment and care on their terms
My dear wife Nelda, our unique mini-global egg collection/production through which we fund our own income and that of the needs of seals.
Our 4x4 with onboard video equipment to deal with the hectic fast pace visiting journalists require to get the full picture and its ability to respond to stranded and dying seals far and wide.
Thank You, Captain Paul Watson of Seashepherd Conservation Society and to all its members, staff and supporters.
For the Seals
Francois Hugo Seal Alert-SA
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society –International Headquarters
To Interview Captain Paul Watson –
Contact: Kristine Vasic, Media Relations Director
To interview Mr. Francois Hugo –
Telephone: +27-(0) 21-790 8774
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – July 9, 2007||
For photos, video, and additional information, please visit http://media.seashepherd.org
SEA SHEPHERD JOINS FORCES WITH THE SEAL WHISPERER
South African Group Seal Alert’s Work Saves Thousands of Seals
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is joining forces with
Francois Hugo and his seal-saving organization, Seal
Alert-SA. Sea Shepherd has already begun to finance the
operations of Seal Alert in South Africa for their work
protecting the beleaguered Cape fur seals.
Seal Alert is
the only organization in southern Africa that not only
advocates for seals, but campaigns, protests, introduces
protection legislation, and also, rescues seals every
Denied access to most large islands by the government, these seals (also called South African fur seals) have been forced to breed and pup on smaller islands that, in most cases, consist of small low lying rocks which frequently become completely or partially awash. This causes almost a 100% mortality rate each year via the washing away and drowning of newborn pups. Seal Alert rescues hundreds of these abandoned seal pups each year. Another factor devastating the seal populations is the sealers in Namibia who are slaughtering every pup still alive at the beginning of sealing season on the mainland. Additionally, the commercial fishing industry shoots seals and entangles/drowns thousands, while also causing the starvation of half the population annually due to overfishing.
Born and raised in Cape Town (the Cape of Storms), Hugo spent his early years as a full-time crayfish fisherman, salvage diver, and Navy diver, spending more time underwater than on land. He then journeyed into the world of corporate intelligence, and conducted undercover operations in many African countries involving crime syndicates, mafia, drug smuggling, child trafficking, and illegal diamond dealing. The entanglement and dying of one baby seal drew his attention, and since that day, he and his wife, Nelda, have dedicated their lives to the saving of the seal species. Now 44, Hugo heads Seal Alert, and using his acquired investigational skills, he is untangling the web of deceit that surrounds this species, while living his motto, “My day starts with the objective of saving the life of a seal – everyday.”
Seal Alert has set up a rehabilitation center in Hout Bay, not far from Cape Town, where Hugo has and continues to rehabilitate scores of rescued seal pups and successfully returns them to the sea.
Outspoken, controversial, stubborn, and passionate are words that come to mind when Francois Hugo’s name is mentioned in Southern Africa. He has been called the “Seal Whisperer” because of his intuitive interaction and unique connection with the seals. As Hugo says, “My work is a labor of love born out of a deep genuine desire to protect and conserve these magnificent animals.”
For that reason, Sea Shepherd has decided to create a partnership with Francois Hugo and Seal Alert. Conservation of marine wildlife is at the core of Sea Shepherd’s mission. Sea Shepherd has supported Seal Alert for over 7 years, providing an inflatable rescue boat and other material contributions as well as publicizing and promoting their work on the Sea Shepherd website. Sea Shepherd looks forward to saving the lives of many seals with Hugo and Seal Alert.
For more information: www.seashepherd.org/seal-alert
About Sea Shepherd Conservation Society
Established in 1977, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society
(SSCS) is an International non-profit conservation
organization whose mission is to end the destruction of
habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world’s oceans in
order to conserve and protects ecosystems and species. Sea
Shepherd uses innovative direct-action tactics to
investigate, document, and take action when necessary to
expose and confront illegal activities on the high seas. By
safeguarding the biodiversity of our delicately-balanced
ocean ecosystems, Sea Shepherd works to ensure their
survival for future generations. Founder and President
Captain Paul Watson, also co-founder of Greenpeace
Foundation, is a renowned, respected leader in